E-mailed on May 26, 2017
If you’re heard that one this month, you might be Indian American.
Numbers don’t lie
That lovely statistic comes from the National Asian American Survey, which this week released its post-election survey.
Most of this stuff is about how Asian Americans vote, but there are some interesting tidbits in here from this survey of 4,000+ Asian Americans.
Like how most Asian Americans support legislation that would create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Or how they consider college tuition, medical costs and elderly care their top family priorities.
But let’s go beyond broad strokes
Obviously, the “Asian American” demographic makes up a whole bunch of different groups. Fortunately, the survey’s very granular, giving us insights such as how:
- Cambodian, Hmong and Chinese Americans were most likely to say they have some to a lot in common with White Americans. Vietnamese, Indian and Bangladeshi were most likely to say the opposite.
- 15% of Hmong Americans and 14% of Filipino Americans say people act as though they think they are dishonest.
- 16% of Bangladeshi Americans and 15% of Pakistani Americans say people act as though they are afraid of them.
There’s even more sobering stuff in there, like how South Asian groups find it difficult to be viewed as Asian American. And how some groups have seen more job discrimination since 2008.
Frankly, it’s hard to spin it at all, so let’s just say we’ll look out for one another. Probably always a good idea.